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    ...In any event, it does not reflect either our tradition, or what we need.We should subscribe to pluralism.In order to assess the significance of this claim, one needs to be clear about the distinction between the two.To appreciate that distinction one must begin by realising a common feature shared by both.Both secularism and pluralism wish to prevent any one religion from dominating the public sphere through that religion becoming associated with the state, and hence both support the separation of religion (or "church") and state.Both would like to safeguard the public square from it being dominated by a majority religion by disallowing any connection between "church" and state.But although they might support the same position, they do so on different grounds.Pluralism is the idea that all religions are equally valid; secularism arose in a society pervaded by the idea that only one religion is valid. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 11, 2013, 5:09 a.m.